morrdt (715) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2007
Six pack picked up at Publix here in Jacksonvile, FL. I watched this six pack for a week or two, and decided on Sunday it was time to give it a good home. Beer pours a very dark amber color, nearly brown with a lasting light tan head. Aroma is a nice, hearty malt. Taste is rich and malted, with a nice hoppy finish that isn’t too sharp, just enough to let you know the beer is good. Very nice beer. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Bottled. Poured a clear, deep garnety-copper with a creamy cap of beige head and sticky lacing. The aroma was nice and hoppy, with pine and herbal notes on top of caramel, chocolate, and coffee.. sweet, warm, and seemingly well-balanced. The flavor had caramel, chocolate, and nutty notes at the core with dry coffee bitterness, a little fruit showed at the end, and this was quite well-balanced. Medium-bodied and a little grainy on the palate.. warm, toasty finish. Very good stuff! OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Nice brown pour with a tan head. Nice aroma of hops spice. Great spicy taste with a nice lasting aftertaste. There isn’t anything better than having a nice, dark winter brew on a cold night. I’m very impressed with this one. Travlr (24826) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Very dark maroon color with a scant tan head and no significant lacing. Lots of malt flavor, but also lots of hops - unusual to find both so prominently displayed in a winter ale. Light spice, probably cinnamon. Very drinkable. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2008
12oz bottle consumed at New World in Tampa. Pours clear amber with lasting tan head and some sheet lacing. Mild aroma with a rich roastiness as well as a bit of sweet dark fruitiness. It has a rich inviting flavor with roasty malts mixed with pine hop bitterness. The malts seem to dominate but the hops can’t be dismissed either. Toward the finish a brief dark fruitiness surfaces and mixes with mild caramel candy sweetness to add to the persistent roasty maltiness. Tastes better than I was expecting.
FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a mahogany color with a very large dark tan head. The aroma was sweet, malty, lightly roasty and had undertones of chocolate and caramel. The flavor was bitter, malty and dry with touches of chocolate and coffee and a light nutty undertone. Subtly throughout were notes of tobacco and somewhat harsh hops. The finish was long, dry and malty. The mouthfeel was fairly thick. Complex and rather nice. vulgarparasite (10) - catasauqua, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Got the case for free. Free beer generally tastes better. What a bargain. Delicious. First one I slugged down straight from the bottle. No problem. Delicious. Poured the next one into my favorite vessel. Even better. I will have no problem polishing off this case. Great hop taste for a winter beer. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 18, 2007
THOUGHTS: Very easy to drink. It was nice, just not what I think of as a winter beer. To me, Autumn is just fine for this one. Very well balanced. Got even better when warmer. A really nice beer.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dark brownish red with a small, off-white head that mostly diminished and left virtually no lacing. It looked very cola like. The aroma was light to moderate chocolate and mild coffee along with moderate pine and citrus hops. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and lightly bitter, while the finish was moderately sweet and bitter with and average duration. The flavor was caramel malt into piney hops with a slight bit of chocolate and coffee. The medium body was oily with fizzy carbonation and a slightly metallic and lightly astringent finish. blipp (9278) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Bottle. Appearance: Dark Amber, thick beige head. Aroma: Spicy, malty, nutty, some faint chocolate, light citrusy hops. Palate: Medium. Flavor: Nutty and spicy with just a hint of chocolate and caramel. Just enough hops to balance it out. Overall: I was quite surprised to see this wasn’t rated a little bit higher. Not the best beer in the world but very tasty and drinkable. cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Dark amber color with an inch thick light tan head and heavy lacing. Smooth feel with a medium malt body, quick bitterness. Pleasant aroma of caramel and sweet fermented red grapes. The malty, fruity aroma is backed with some floral hops. Flavor is spicy and flowery with caramel malt and a taste of fresh rolls. Moderate hop flavor and bitterness along with a sprinkling of dark fruits.